Politics ANALYSIS: Newsom romps based on twin fears of COVID-19 and Trump
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom would probably never have faced ahad it not been for his handling of the pandemic.
He also might not have survived the recall had it not been for that very same reason.
But on Tuesday, he did more than survive. Newsom used a powerful pair of somewhat related fears -- of pandemic backsliding, and one of a potential win for Trumpism -- to.
Newsom framed the recall less as an up-or-down vote on him and more about who could replace him: a far-right Republican, with all that that means, so long as former President Donald Trump is dominant in the GOP.
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While "no" on the recall question prevailed, Newsom framed his relatively muted victory speech Tuesday night around what he said the state voted for.
"We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic," Newsom said. "We said yes to all those things we hold dear as Californians, and I would argue as Americans."
Newsom and his fellow Democrats leaned in on COVID leadership and the need to take restrictions seriously. They also painted the leading Republican candidate in the race, Larry Elder, as what President Joe Biden called a "Trump clone" who would roll back pandemic mandates and halt progressive advances if given the chance.
California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom voted to keep himself in office Friday, days before the recall election against him comes to a close. The Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote. “I think we're gonna be alright," he joked. The last day to vote is Tuesday, and at least a third of California's 22 million registeredThe Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote.
"Trumpism is not dead in this country," Newsom said Tuesday night.
Newsom's easy triumph was no forgone conclusion, notwithstanding the friendly terrain of a state where President Joe Biden took the presidential contest by nearly 30 points less than a year ago.
The recall effort took inspiration from Newsom's early and aggressive COVID-19 restrictions. The effort was turbocharged by a viral photo last fall where Newsom was shown in seeming violation of his own lockdown restrictions -- dining at an ultra-exclusive French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, no less.
Exit polls showed that COVID was indeed the top issue on voters' minds, outpacing the economy, crime, homelessness and wildfires. But Newsom wound up getting far more credit than blame for how he's handled the pandemic.
What Makes Newsom's Recall Election Different From Davis' 2003 Ouster
A Democratic strategist who advised former California Governor Gray Davis said there are "several" differences between the two gubernatorial recall elections.Newsom and Davis, both Democrats, are the only California governors who have had to defend their seats through a recall election since the state adopted its recall process in 1911. While voters elected to remove Davis from office nearly 18 years ago, South said he believes the September 14 recall election "is going to be a blowout win for Newsom.
More than two-thirds of recall voters feel like the state's coronavirus situation is either getting better or staying the same, according to preliminary exit polls. Forty-five percent said Newsom's policies on the coronavirus have been about right, while another 18% actually said they haven't been strict enough.
Some 63% said they see getting vaccinated as more of a public health responsibility than a personal choice -- a broad endorsement of the Newsom-Biden point of view. And 70% support the state's mandate that students wear masks in schools, which Newsom championed and his leading opponents promised to repeal.
It contributed to an electorate where, despite the French Laundry incident, 54% of voters in the exit poll said Newsom was in touch with their concerns.
Over in the other party, Newsom's blowout might be spun by a beleaguered state GOP as unsurprising and unimportant.
A recall miss is embarrassing -- just ask Democrats in Wisconsin -- though few key midterm races will feature electorates as deep blue as the Golden State's.
How Larry Elder has helped Gavin Newsom in California's recall election
Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote against the effort to oust him in Tuesday's recall election, it would have been impossible to imagine a more perfect foil than conservative talk radio host Larry Elder. © Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom is photographed during a TV interview before a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, California.
For all that, Republicans consolidated behind Elder, a conservative talk-show host with no previous political experience, with relative ease.
Despite being dramatically outspent, Republicans managed to put at least a brief scare into state and national Democrats by taking on a rising star who won his job by 23 points less than three years ago.
Elder, though, closed his campaign by playing into unfounded and somewhat predictable allegations of voter fraud. Trump amplified the baseless concerns by tying them back to his loss last year -- making it that much easier for Democrats to link Elder to Trump.
The particular set of circumstances that contributed to this recall campaign are unlikely to present themselves again. Other races later this year -- most notably the governor's race in Virginia in November -- may be better bellwethers for midterm races and beyond.
But in this race at least, despite the inherent challenges of inspiring enthusiasm to maintain a status quo, Newsom and his party managed to have the campaign and the result they wanted.
A famous Bidenism is a request: "Don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative." That's what Newsom asked for, and that's what he got in earning the right to serve the last year of his term, if not more.
How the recall election against California Gavin Newsom will work .
The election will be just the second recall election for governor in state history. The other took place in 2003 when Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. Here's what you need to know about the recall. How did we get here?In February 2020, a group called the California Patriot Coalition began circulating a petition to recall Newsom, citing his administration's policies on immigration, homelessness, the state's drought emergency and taxes. Newsom had faced five previous recall attempts, but such petitions require 1.